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Top Ten tips to tipping in Thailand

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Top Ten tips to tipping in Thailand

By Tim Newton

 

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How much is appropriate in Thailand or should you tip at all?

 

There is no rule of thumb although tipping is not common amongst Thais whilst it remains reasonably common with some westerners, but certainly not all. Americans almost tip by habit.

 

Tipping in Thailand is not mandatory but will always be welcomed with a ‘wai’ and a smile.

 

Our ‘recommendations’ are by no means the rule. And your discretion should be advised at all times when you have your wallets out and talking about money in Thailand.

 

‘Nice’ restaurants

 

If you allow 10% of the bill as a tip for a ‘good’ or better restaurant, that would be considered a generous and well-appreciated tip. Or just rounding up the bill to the nearest hundred baht will be appreciated as well. At a ‘fancy’ restaurant with snooty waiters and a really nice view you better use the 10% rule to avoid any ‘glances’ when you leave.

 

Check the bill to see if there’s a ‘service charge’. If so then you can dispense with the tip – the ‘service charge’ is meant to be dispersed amongst the staff. But a personal tip to a very special staff member would be nice in these cases – 50 to 100 baht would be suitable.

 

But unlike many US restaurants, you will get out of the restaurant alive if you don’t tip. Remember, it’s a voluntary gesture. If in doubt just have a quiet word with the Manager who will usually be frank with you about what may be appropriate at their venue.

 

Street food

 

If you feel inclined to tip when eating street food then you are more than likely going to confuse the vendor. Most street food is clearly priced, or at least when you ask the price, there is one price. That’s what you’d be expected to pay and you’ll receive the correct change. At the same time you’re not expected to bargain or haggle the food prices.

 

If you’re in a franchise like McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Svensons, Tom Tom’s, etc there’s no need to tip.

 

At the bar

 

Quite a few different situations here. If you’re going up to order from the bar in a ‘nice’ venue then there would be no expectation for you to tip (if you’re in any of the tourist zones you’ll already be paying a heavily marked up price).

 

But if it’s a beach bar and the waiters have been serving you drinks all day whilst you’ve been contemplating nothing-in-particular, then rounding up your bill or leaving 100 baht when you leave would be appropriate.

 

And if you’ve been chatting to the bar attendant all afternoon, a tip of 50-100 baht would almost be expected, but not mandatory.

 

As with restaurants, if there’s a ‘service charge’ on your bill then consider that your tip has already been paid, although a smaller tip for a particularly attentive waiter would be a nice gesture.

 

Speaking of bars, if you end up at one of the venues with lots of smiling, scantily-dressed ‘bar girls’ (or bar boys) gesturing you to have a drink with them, then it’s a different situation altogether. For these ‘Girlie Bars’ (or boy bars), they are on a commission. So, apart from your over-priced drink, you’ll also be buying them a drink (which they also receive commission on). In return you’ll get their T’inglish smalltalk and company and a good time is had by all. No tips in this situation.

 

Tour Guides

 

If you’re one of 30 people on a crowded bus or boat, on a fixed price tour, then never feel obliged to tip. If you’ve booked a tour guide for your personal use for a few hours or the day, then we would recommend a tip around 10% of the agreed tour guide hire. For a half day tour, maybe 100-150 baht or double that for a full day tour.

 

If you have been on an organised tour but the tour guide has been uniquely amazing, you took up a lot of their time with questions or just went above and beyond their work requirements, then a tip given straight to them would be greatly appreciated. 50 to 100 baht.

 

Taking a taxi

There are two ways to take a taxi in Thailand. Either negotiate a price before you get in or check that they have a working taxi meter. There’s plenty of wriggle room in between these two solutions where you can get caught out. Firstly you should have a ‘rough’ idea of what the fare is going to be before you even think of taking a taxi. Check with your hotel concierge or ask a friend before you take your journey.

 

With the metred taxis there are a few, not many, taxi drivers that turbo-charge their meters so they run a lot faster than the permitted rate. If you think you’ve been ripped off take a photo of their taxi ID and threaten (nicely) to contact the Tourist Police (1155).

 

Full Story: https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/tourism/top-ten-tips-to-tipping-in-thailand

 

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Posted (edited)

Interesting that tipping immigration isn't mentioned.

BJ had signs to say no tipping, Now from what a lot of posters have said, some of the signs seem to have disappeared.

 

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1 hour ago, snoop1130 said:

For these ‘Girlie Bars’ (or boy bars), they are on a commission. So, apart from your over-priced drink, you’ll also be buying them a drink (which they also receive commission on). In return you’ll get their T’inglish smalltalk and company and a good time is had by all. No tips in this situation

Yeah right you try walking out of a bar without leaving one .. And not a small tip either .. Les't you want a withering look burning holes in ye' as you leave .. 

Personally if they engaged in a higher level of conversation like the Renaissance period or whether there are indeed other forms of intelligent life in the universe I would be inclined to reflect that in the amount I left for such engaging chitchat but when the outer boundaries are " where you flom " " how long you stay " and " you hansom too much " the renumeration is small munny only .. 

 

1 hour ago, snoop1130 said:

Either negotiate a price before you get in or check that they have a working taxi meter.

but just check to see if its been tampered with to increase the charge .. like was reported on last week .. 

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18 minutes ago, Justgrazing said:

Yeah right you try walking out of a bar without leaving one .. And not a small tip either .. Les't you want a withering look burning holes in ye' as you leave .. 

Personally if they engaged in a higher level of conversation like the Renaissance period or whether there are indeed other forms of intelligent life in the universe I would be inclined to reflect that in the amount I left for such engaging chitchat but when the outer boundaries are " where you flom " " how long you stay " and " you hansom too much " the renumeration is small munny only .. 

 

but just check to see if its been tampered with to increase the charge .. like was reported on last week .. 

Three hundred years - that's a long time to be wearing red?

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2 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Interesting that tipping immigration isn't mentioned.

BJ had signs to say no tipping, Now from what a lot of posters have said, some of the signs seem to have disappeared.

 

I gave the immigration officer a tip once. 'Be quick about your job'.

It didn't help, so never again.

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2 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Interesting that tipping immigration isn't mentioned.

BJ had signs to say no tipping, Now from what a lot of posters have said, some of the signs seem to have disappeared.

 

 

  NO tip immi anymore, please  read the signs in immi office .

 Use agent, everybody happy more ..

 

 

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12 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

– the ‘service charge’ is meant to be dispersed amongst the staff.

When I asked Fuji manager I was told the staff gets half of the 10 percent.  You figure out who gets the other half.

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"But unlike many US restaurants, you will get out of the restaurant alive if you don’t tip.". What a moronic statement. I have been a US Citizen for 68 years, eaten in 49 US States; from no star to 5-star establishments, tipped and not tipped.

 

I speak only from personal experience and not from some mystical ability to say "many this or many that". 

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5 hours ago, Thongkorn said:

 Such a sweeping statement, You Must not be One of gods own , British

Perhaps God has nothing to do with the idiotic comments the creature said about Brits.

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9 hours ago, elliss said:

 

          

            Brit husband/ darling ,  same same losing face . for thai lady.

         

 

 

 

I think you are confusing Brits with the typical one step removed from Botany Bay ocker , a truly boorish and stingy embarresment to a Thai lady.

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